Angels Clear Cupboard In Deal For Padres’ Street

THE DEAL

The Angels continued their 2014 bullpen makeover and emptied their top 10 prospect cupboard in the process, dealing their Nos. 1, 2, 4 and 8 prospects (according to our Midseason Prospect Update) to the Padres for closer Huston Street and the 2013 sixth-rounder Trevor Gott.

Taylor Lindsey

Taylor Lindsey (Photo by John Williamson)

The acquisition of Street follows deals for relievers Joe Thatcher and Jason Grilli, as well as lefty Rich Hill, who was released and has moved on to the Yankees. Street will displace Joe Smith as the closer, according to reports. The Angels have the majors’ second-best record and chase the Athletics in the American League West, while holding a firm grip on the first wild-card spot.

For the Padres, Street likely will be the first of many parts to be traded away, with rumors surrounding righthanded starter Ian Kennedy, third baseman Chase Headley and left fielder Carlos Quentin.

In exchange, San Diego acquires second baseman Taylor Lindsey, the Angels’ No. 1 prospect; shortstop Jose Rondon (No. 2), righthanded reliever R.J. Alvarez (No. 4) and No. 8 prospect Elliot Morris, a righthander who might be best suited for relief work.

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PADRES ACQUIRE

Taylor Lindsey, 2b
Age: 22

Lindsey ranked as Los Angeles’ top prospect entering the season and that didn’t change for the Midseason Update, which is available for purchase now. He’s been an effective hitter in the minors despite what evaluators believe is an unwieldy lefthanded stroke, in which he uses a pronounced step to trigger his swing. He controls the strike zone, walking more this season than he has in the past, and projects as a slightly above-average hitter and an average runner and fielder.

Year Club Class AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG OPS
2014 Salt Lake AAA .247 75 295 50 73 13 4 8 30 31 44 7 .323 .400 .723

Jose Rondon, ss
Age: 20

The Padres likely scouted Rondon at this year’s Futures Game in Minneapolis. He went 0-for-2 in the exhibition. An athletic 16-year-old with a skinny frame when the Angels signed him for $70,000 in 2011, Rondon has added weight since but still draws 20 grades for power on the 20-80 scale. He’s a well-rounded player, if short on range at shortstop. He probably fits best at second base but is a sure-handed defender. He has a simple batting approach, one that focuses on making contact, and he was the fifth-toughest player to strike out in the Rookie-level Pioneer League in 2013.

Year Club Class AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG OPS
2014 Inland Empire HiA .327 72 297 40 97 17 5 0 24 17 50 8 .362 .418 .780

R.J. Alvarez, rhp
Age: 23

Alvarez struggled as a starter at Florida Atlantic but took off as a reliever as a junior. His approach suits a bullpen role because of a high-effort delivery that some believe make him an injury risk, and in fact he missed six weeks with an elbow injury this season. The Angels worked to improve his direction to the plate in 2013. He pairs a fastball at 94-96 mph with a high-80s slider that flashes plus. He should make the quickest impact of any of the prospects the Padres received, provided he stays healthy.

Year Club Lg Class W L ERA G SV IP H R ER HR BB SO BB/9 SO/9 WHIP
2014 Arkansas TL AA 0 0 0.33 21 1 27 13 2 1 0 10 38 3.33 12.67 0.85

Elliot Morris, rhp
Age: 22

Drafted out of Pierce (Wash.) JC, Morris has moved quickly in a system bereft of arms. He has a fastball that ranges from 93-96 mph and although he’s starting, he profiles as a reliever because of his other inconsistent offerings. He had Tommy John surgery in 2012.

Year Club Class W L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO BB/9 SO/9 WHIP
2014 Burlington LoA 2 1 2.25 8 7 40 29 14 10 2 13 44 2.93 9.90 1.05
2014 Inland Empire HiA 3 3 4.17 9 9 45 37 23 21 5 28 40 5.56 7.94 1.43

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ANGELS ACQUIRE

Huston Street, rhp
Age: 30.
Service time (preseason): 9.00. Has $7 million club option for 2015.

The Angels have remade their bullpen this season but still felt they needed a closer with bonafides and acquired Street. He has had a steady career since being drafted 40th overall by the Athletics in 2004, rarely dominating but consistently working the ninth inning since he was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2005. The former Texas closer is having his best season at age 30, thanks in part to a fluky 100 percent strand rate. An extreme flyball pitcher (42.5 percent groundballs), Street’s stuff will play in Anaheim, a pitcher’s park, and his walk rate remains low, which he has sustained throughout his career.

Year Club Class W L ERA G SV IP H R ER HR BB SO BB/9 SO/9 WHIP
2014 San Diego MAJ 1 0 1.09 33 24 33 18 4 4 3 7 34 1.91 9.27 0.76

Trevor Gott, rhp
Age: 21

Kentucky’s single-season and career saves leader, Gott has a fastball that sits 92-94 mph, but he relies on deception rather than stuff and throws strikes consistently. He’s moved quickly, reaching Double-A in his first full pro season.

Year Club Class W L ERA G SV IP H R ER HR BB SO BB/9 SO/9 WHIP
2014 Lake Elsinore HiA 2 4 3.16 29 16 31 28 13 11 3 9 31 2.59 8.90 1.18
2014 San Antonio AA 0 0 4.63 10 0 12 11 8 6 0 9 11 6.94 8.49 1.71